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First Ultrabook-based notebooks announced

We've been waiting for the first notebook to be announced that would use the Ultrabook design created by Intel. Today we got our wish as Toshiba revealed its plans to release the Portege Z830. This "MacBook Air killer" keeps all of the important aspects of the Ultrabook design that Intel first announced back in May. That includes a thin and light design and a price that's well below Apple's own thin and light product.

The Portege Z830 is made with a magnesium alloy that Toshiba says is "reinforced with an enhanced Honeycomb Rib design and new internal structures that provide shock absorption and increased rigidity." It has a 13.3 inch screen and weighs less than 2.5 pounds whilst packing a solid state drive with 128 GB of storage and a backlit LED keyboard into its .63 inch thick casing. Toshiba's ultrabook will be powered by a version of Intel's second generation Core processor but details on exactly which model chip will be put inside were not announced. The Portege Z830 is scheduled for release in November and will have start at a price point under $1,000.

Rival Lenovo also announced today plans to offer up its own Ultrabook notebook, the IdeaPad U300. It will be released sometime in November but while it shares most of the same specs as the Toshiba Ultrabook, Lenovo says the IdeaPad U300 will start selling for $1,199. While not officially announced, an upcoming Ultrabook-based notebook made by Acer has been spotted by Slashgear via an Italian web site.

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